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ACC Roundup: Sunshine Statement

How heavily involved are Atlantic Coast Conference teams in Florida?

Five-star Miami commit Kc McDermott is one of 139 Floridians in the 2014 class that claims an ACC offer.

The numbers tell the story.

As of Thursday, 139 prospects in the Sunshine State for the 2014 class claimed offers from ACC programs.

That's a staggering statistic, especially considering it's only May.

By comparison, SEC programs have known offers out to 134 Floridians.

Right now, 61 Sunshine State players say Florida State has offered. Fifty-three claim Miami offers.

Here's a look at the rest of the league's known 2014 Florida offers:

N.C. State (38)
North Carolina (38)
Georgia Tech (36)
Boston College (31)
Clemson (28)
Wake Forest (27)
Duke (25)
Pittsburgh (15)
Syracuse (15)
Virginia (12)
Maryland (11)
Virginia Tech (11)

*May has been a strong month thus far for first-year N.C. State Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren and his staff. All told, N.C. State has five commitments, and three of them have come in the past two weeks.

and two of the top 26 prospects in North Carolina. Three-star quarterback Jalan McClendon was a big get for N.C. State.

The Pack ranks 10th in the ACC and 57th nationally with a group that includes three three-star players and two of the top 26 prospects in North Carolina.

Three-star quarterback Jalan McClendon of Charlotte (N.C.) West Mecklenburg arguably is the prize of the class thus far. The 6-foot-3, 195- pounder also claimed offers from a handful of other ACC schools.

Now, N.C. State is hoping to land another quarterback, but he's not in high school. Former Penn State signal caller Steven Bench, who played high school ball in Georgia, will visit the Wolfpack this weekend.

He will choose between N.C. State, Mississippi State and South Florida sometime next week. Bench, who has four years to play three seasons, is eligible to play immediately because of the NCAA's transfer rules pertaining to Penn State, which is on probation.

*Florida State, which continues to have the top-rated class in the ACC, saw five-star offensive tackle David Sharpe and five-star defensive end Myles Garrett this week as the Seminoles continue to aim high.

For FSU, receiver is a position of intrigue.

The Seminoles would like to sign three of them, and sources tell us they think they're in the hunt with some big-timers.

Right now, FSU is considered the team to beat for four-star receiver Markell Pack of Mississippi. The Seminoles also are working hard for players such as No. 2 247Composite receiver Malachi Dupre and top 100 prospect
Saeed Blacknall. Many believe LSU is the favorite for both.

*Duke started fast in this cycle and hasn't let up. The Blue Devils have landed three commitments this week, giving them nine total, and now are fourth in the conference team rankings and No. 25 nationally. The newest pledges are offensive guard Zach Harmon of Ohio, running back Kerrion Moore of North Carolina and receiver Chris Taylor of Florida.

Duke already has four offensive line commits, as they address a key need area. Three of the commits are Ohio products.

*247Composite four-star all-purpose back Stanley Williams, a 5-foot-8, 190-pounder that plays at Georgia's George Walton Academy, told 247Sports he likely will announce in June, and Clemson is in his top three with Kentucky and West Virginia.

The Tigers made a stop at his school last week, and Williams plans to make his second visit to Clemson soon. What's not known is if he's a take right now for the Tigers, who also are recruiting backs such as Adam Choice, Derrell Scott and Donte Thomas-Williams.

*Five-star Virginia Tech target, defensive end Da'Shawn Hand of Virginia, will visit Florida next. His top five consists of Alabama, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina and the Hokies. Working in Virginia Tech's favor continues to be the fact that Hand maintains he is closer to Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster than any other coach recruiting him. Hand, the No. 2 overall prospect in the 247Composite, told 247Sports that Foster is grandfatherly.

*Wake Forest safety commit Cameron Glenn of Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson continues to field offers and receive interest from other teams. But according to Glenn, he's solid to the Demon Deacons. Right now, he is Wake's only 2014 commitment.

The Deacs have hit the Atlanta area, which was good to them during the 2013 cycle, hard the past few weeks. Among other things, they've targeted a few offensive linemen. Also, Wake is showing interest in Norcross quarterback AJ Bush, a player whose stock seems to be on the rise.

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